An unlikely relationship was found to thrive in the Borneo jungle. One pitcher plant adores its bat tenants for the guano drops they leave behind to feed the plant the nutritious nitrogen. The pitcher plant is known as Nepenthes hemsleyana, and like other pitcher plants in the jungle is labeled as flesh-eating. Unfairly, as Nepenthes hemsleyana long lost the flesh-eating habits, finding instead a different adaptation mechanism to survive.


Designed by Singaporean architect Mok Wei Wei, the new Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum cost $35 million to build. Seven-stories high and resembling a giant moss-covered rock, it houses over one million specimens. Say hello to Prince, Apollonia and Twinky, the gigantic stars of the Natural History Museum. The largest, Prince, was shipped to Singapore in 27 huge, customized crates. It took more than a fortnight to assemble him. Nowadays, the skeletons of these three long-necked diplodocus dinosaurs are the star attraction of Singapore's new Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum.


No saying better encapsulates the major obstacle facing Laos than "geography is destiny". The only landlocked country in Southeast Asia, Laos has historically relied heavily on domestic subsistence agriculture with little opportunity for much international commerce. Facing some of the world's highest poverty and unemployment rates, Laos hopes to change this narrative of international isolation in the years to come with the help of the Chinese and Thai governments. Since 2010, plans have been under consideration to construct a high-speed railway between Kunming and Vientiane, Laos' capital. While the start date of the project has been pushed back, this year the three governments all sound confident that construction of the seven billion dollar project will begin. If all goes as projected, passengers may, within the next decade, be able to hop onto a high speed rail from Kunming all the way to Singapore.

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Singaporean Carmen Kok regrets that she never made it to university. She’s not letting her daughter make the same mistake, even if she has to send her abroad to get a place. 
“You can’t rise up in Singapore without a degree,” said Kok, 47, who plans to spend three times what she makes in a year as a hairdresser to send her daughter to college in South Korea. “She may be able to get a job if she doesn’t go to university, but she can get a higher salary if she goes.”

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